The table is set and you’re invited to join the celebration of American Grown Flowers during the 2015 American Grown “Field to Vase” Dinner Tour.
MARCH 5th is our first Field to Vase Dinner of 2015
at WESTLAND ORCHIDS in Carpinteria!
What is it?
A series of private, intimate, must-attend gatherings that places seasonal, local and sustainable American Grown flowers at the center of the table where locally grown food and beverages is served by a farm-to-table chef. Each artisan-style dinner will be held at an unique venue — an American flower farm that encourages guests to experience the age-old art and science of flower farming. The Dinner makes a personal connection between flowers and agriculture, as part of our country’s farm landscape.
Along with dining companions new and old for lively conversation, guests will share platters of delicious, seasonal and local food. They’ll meet others who are passionate about preserving American grown flowers, farmland, and our country’s floriculture roots. While enjoying this seasonal meal, the focus is drawn to the botanical beauty of petals, stems, foliage, vines, buds and berries — artistically arranged to bring sensory pleasure to the experience. The attention is on our flowers, our farmers and their farms, and on the floral designs they inspire.
“Each special dinner places American grown flowers center stage. Instead of watching a movie or play, guests themselves are part of the live, interactive performance. American Grown flowers are the event’s ‘stars.’ along with florist, flower farmer and chef.
At the heart of each dinner is an important message about sourcing seasonal and local flowers (and food). When people step onto a flower farm, with the soil under their feet and the sky overhead, they make important connections that will influence what and how they purchase in the future. The Field to Vase Dinner Tour puts a face on the flowers, introducing the farmers, and highlighting why it is so important that flowers at the center of the table be as local as the food on your plate. That’s a powerful experience.”
—Kasey Cronquist, CEO & Ambassador
California Cut Flower Commission
Where are the dinners?
The American Grown Field to Vase Dinner Tour will land in ten U.S. locations for 2015. Each custom-designed experience will reflect the character and crops of the host farm, with guests enjoying a 30-minute farm tour to get up close and personal with the flowers grown there.
Long trestle farm tables with family-style seating on both sides convey the festive mood. Rustic-inspired table decor, dishes, stemware, and vases evoke a casual elegance. Strings of cafe lighting transform the farm to a magical moment in time. And, of course, the stars of the show are THE American Grown FLOWERS.
Who is invited?
Each Field to Vase Dinner will highlight an “up and coming” chef who passionately supports local farmers including flower farms. The menu will feature regional, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients.
A Slow Flowers floral designer will create centerpieces that connect the farm’s surroundings with the decor, the style and the experience. We’ll frame the conversation to highlight the story of the host farm’s own heritage as well as focus on the positive efforts/activities of the new Certified American Grown brand. Each participant will feel excitement for being part of something big, something to celebrate, something to love; American Grown flowers.